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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana Louisiana Governor Edwards has signed into law a bill that makes surrogacy contracts enforceable in his state. Former Louisiana Governor Jindal vetoed similar legislation in 2013 and 2014, and we were hopeful that the new governor and his staff would also be attentive to the strong arguments against […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogacy Bill in Louisiana Here we go again. After two previous attempts—thankfully vetoed by then Governor Bobby Jindal—another surrogacy bill has been introduced in the state of Louisiana. This new bill has passed the House, so we will be monitoring it closely while trying to educate the people in Louisiana of the many pitfalls […]

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Mourning Brittany Maynard—and Offering a Better Example

The death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who took her own life on November 1st utilizing Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law, is not just a personal tragedy, but also one for the institution of medicine at large. The CBC has long been one of the most vocal opponents of physician-assisted suicide, and […]

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Oregon Runs Out of Death Drugs

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It appears that Oregon has run dry on death drugs. You see death penalty opponents have made the supply of a prime death-causing drug used in assisted suicide scarce. Of course, the media misses the irony. From the Willamette Week story: Death-with-dignity [assisted suicide] patients are victims of a global political battle over capital punishment in […]

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Oregon Tightens Duty to Die on Cancer Patients

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As I have discussed previously, the first state to explicitly ration Medicaid — an integral feature of all single payer systems — tightens the screws against terminal cancer patients. Now, the issues is gaining wider discussion in Oregon. From an opinion column published in the Statesman Journal by Peter J. Pitts: In August, Oregon’s Health […]

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Pro Suicide Advocacy Increasing Rates?

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Suicide is in the air. Our culture — particularly exemplified by the media — is becoming increasingly pro suicide. Perhaps better stated, many are now pro some suicides. Indeed, if a suicidal person is sick, disabled, even mentally ill, many believe it is perfectly fine for a doctor to facilitate death through intentional overdose, and […]

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False Happy Face of Oregon Assisted Suicide

The Oregon death bureaucrats, the media, and the ideologues work together to put a false happy face on assisted suicide in Oregon. No flaws, we are told. No abuses. Nothing to see but compasssssion. But occasionally reality peeps through. For example, there was the case of Michael Freeland, who was given a lethal prescription two […]

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Euthanasia Really the Right of Kevorkians

There is an aspect to the disabled twins joint euthanasia story out of Belgium, about which I posted yesterday, that I thought needed a separate comment. The first doctor the men went to asking to be killed said no. So, they merely went doctor shopping until they found one willing to kill. We see the […]

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Oregon Assisted Suicide Not “Last Resort”

The New England Journal of Medicine has long advocated assisted suicide in its pages. It now has a piece supposedly rebutting opponents of legalizing assisted suicide in Oregon. For example, it says that assisted suicide was not carried out on people with mental illnesses. How we would know, since death doctors referred only a couple […]

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Joke Oregon Assisted Suicide Report Published

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC One of the great propaganda coups of the assisted suicide movement was making people believe that the Oregon annual reports about assisted suicide were meaningful or informative. For example: They are based almost solely on self reporting by death doctors, who are about as likely […]

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Irony Alert! Oregon Seeks to Outlaw Suicide Kits

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC So, it’s okay for a doctor to help someone kill themselves, but not others? The irony escapes Oregon as the legislature is on track to outlaw suicide kits. From the ABC story: Oregon senators have unanimously voted in favor of passing a bill that would […]

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Update on Compassion and Choices Role in Oregon Assisted Suicide Official Statistics

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As promised, I checked into the testimony given in Scotland that claimed C & C created Oregon’s annual statistics. The state has responded and denied it is true. From the e-mail I received: The Act requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (currently named the […]

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Compassion and Choices Compiles Oregon Assisted Suicide “Official” Statistics!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This should be huge, because it exposes the entire charade that is the Oregon “oversight” over the act of legalized physician-assisted suicide. Here’s the story: Recently when Scotland was considering legalizing assisted suicide — which failed in the Scottish Parliament — two Oregonians very close […]

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Don’t Let Electronic Treatment Decision Registries be Used To Make Responders Complicit in Suicides

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Oregon may be about to pass a law that puts a patient’s end of life desires into a computer registry. From the story: Oregon is making it easier for the seriously ill to voluntarily make their wishes known about end-of-life care by creating an electronic […]

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Oregon Hospices Right Not to Cooperate With Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I am rarely encouraged by news out of Oregon about assisted suicide, where doctors may legally prescribe a lethal overdose to patients they diagnose as terminally ill. Over the years, the number of assisted suicides has increased, while the media studiously ignored studies demonstrating that […]

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Assisted Suicide in Washington — Like Oregon, Not About Pain That Cannot be Controlled

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The first dehumanizing assisted suicide “statistics” from Washington are in, with 36 people reportedly overdosing themselves via lethally prescribed drugs in the first year. Washington voters were “sold” on assisted suicide, as is always the case, with the fear of being in pain that cannot […]

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